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Besançon is providing its population with thermal cameras and voltmeters

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.30.10

From mid-November, the city will make available to all the lending of sophisticated material to detect energy leaks in homes, measure consumption and electricity costs of devices as well as the amount of CO2 emitted.

A chewing gum trashcan helps remedy a sticky problem

A chewing gum trashcan helps remedy a sticky problem

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.29.10

Faced with the unattractive demise of chewing gum on the street, the young English designer Anna Bullus decided instead to recover it for recycling and transform it . . . into chewing gum trashcans, which will also be recyclable. This invention, a priori anecdotal, will nonetheless save millions of pounds in cleaning fees in England.

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Decoding of the most innovant cities in the world’s classification

Decoding of the most innovant cities in the world’s classification

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.26.10

Each year, the Australian agency 2thinknow, which focuses on urban innovation, reveals a ranking of the most innovative cities in the world, as the result of the laborious analysis of more than 162 different indicators. This ranking is achieved according to certain obvious factors, such as health or local economy, but gives pride of place to more unexpected factors, such as culture. Christopher Hire, executive director of 2thinknow, tells the story of this innovative classification.

The first London bike-café has opened

The first London bike-café has opened

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by Lucile Degli-Esposti | 09.25.10

In an “eco-cheap-chic” context, bikes are becoming the new trendy means of transport in cities. Today, various activities and leisures are associated with cycling, offering urban cyclists greater comfort. The time has come for the bike-café, where you can enjoy hot and cold drinks, as you please, while having your brakes, tyres or mudguards fixed. This concept is all rage in London where more than 800,000 people cycle every week.

Lillestrøm’s greens its heating system by diversifying its supply sources

Lillestrøm’s greens its heating system by diversifying its supply sources

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.24.10

The Norwegian hydropower Akershus Energi is currently implementing a district heating plant in the Norwegian town of Lillestrøm which will be fed by local organic waste.

Youth help reduce the environmental footprint of neighborhoods

Youth help reduce the environmental footprint of neighborhoods

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.24.10

Since 1994, the association Unis-Cité has recruited 4,200 young people for voluntary civic service. It’s a new way to serve one’s country and help those who need it most. And the needs are enormous: visiting isolated seniors, organizing outings for disabled people, participating in emergency solidarity actions and since last year, promoting eco-awareness among low-income families.

Containers transformed into student halls of residence

Containers transformed into student halls of residence

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.23.10

On one side, there are scrapped containers; on the other side, the housing crisis. A new type of housing, modular and more ecological, has emerged. It originated in the Netherlands and has then been introduced in Canada, in the United States, in Germany and in the French city of Le Havre since the beginning of September. The container is slowly establishing itself as a transient but ideal solution in terms of additional housing that need to be quickly built.

International Encounters Mobilis 2010 - Strasbourg

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.23.10

The cluster “Pôle Vehicule du Futur”, and its partners,  organize the 7th international encounters Mobilis 2010, on November 16 and 17, on the theme “Urban mobility: Evolution or revolution ?”
Round-tables talks, project workshops, conferences, technological appointments and an exhibition area will offer you the opportunity to make contacts  with personalities from the world of automobile, [...]

Cities to love: a film screening in 7 major cities on 4 continents

Cities to love: a film screening in 7 major cities on 4 continents

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by Elsa Sidawy | 09.22.10

The second survey of the Veolia Observatory of Urban Lifestyles compares the experiences and concerns of citizens of seven major cities (Bombay, Chicago, Cairo, London, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paulo) from a sample of 7 000 people.

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